I'm out here in Los Angeles visiting our daughter and saw that Trader Joe's has several private label single malts. I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't pay a lot of attention to which distilleries or their ages, but I think I saw Balvenie, Glenlivet and Macallen. Prices seemed good.

Has anyone had any of these? How were they? (The Trader Joe's in Michigan don't sell spirits.)

I know that there are a lot of barrels that are sold off, both when freshly filled or when older, and which differ a good deal from the distillery bottlings.

Our son-in-law is out of single malt, and I think it goes very well with fruitcake (which I like, when it's good, despite its being the butt of jokes).